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Pacifist Japan seeks new name for defensive strikes

'Self-defense counterattack' emerges as alternative to preemptive strike

Japan argues that attacking missile launchers when the enemy is planning an imminent attack is considered an act of self-defense.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- As Japan debates whether to develop the capability to strike enemy missile bases planning an imminent attack, it has also begun searching for the right phrase to describe such capabilities.

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